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GGP December 2013

BWF News Far right: Members of Oakwrights Bath celebrate after being recognised for their work on the Self Realisation Fellowship project in central London (pictured) Oakwrights Bath scoops top accolades at British Woodworking Federation awards. 42 December 2013 Reaping the awards For more information, visit: www.bwf.org.uk Winners of the UK joinery industry’s highest awards have been announced at the annual dinner of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF). Oakwrights Bath of Corsham, Wiltshire, scooped awards for both technical excellence and innovation in joinery manufacture, and for the apprentice/trainee of the year – the first time that one company has won both awards together. The achievement was particularly notable given that this year, the BWF received a record number of award entries in both categories. The BWF’s 2013 award for technical excellence and innovation in joinery manufacture was given to Oakwrights for its transformation of a building in central London into a spiritual centre for the Self Realisation Fellowship. The main technical challenge came from turning the vision of the Fellowship, the architect, (Ray Hole Architects) and the client, (Healthcare Development Services) into reality, through two project phases over the course of 18 months. The vision was to undertake a refurbishment that would preserve the heritage of the building while enhancing the whole building decoratively. This involved transforming windows, doors and other internal features, and ensuring the modern 1970s extension echoed the original Victorian part of the building. Peter Love, director of Oakwrights Bath, collected the award trophy from Justin Hayward of Timbmet, which sponsored this year’s award. Peter Love said: “We enjoyed this project because it allowed us to use every skillset we have. The BWF award is a great honour and testament to the whole team at Oakwrights for the way they rose to the challenge of our biggest single project to date. We worked under huge time pressure and it needed the combined skills of everyone to mix the modern and traditional practices required by this job.” Iain McIlwee, chief executive of the BWF, commented: “This prestigious project used modern methods, products and materials to achieve a traditional looking result, very fine workmanship and an excellent standard of finish. The judges were very impressed with the joinery quality, innovation and fantastic project management skills shown by Oakwrights.” The BWF technical award was established four years ago as a tribute to John Hedgecock, its former technical manager and one of the leading authorities on woodworking and joinery manufacture, who died in 2009. The award is given to individuals, companies, projects or products which demonstrate exceptional technical excellence, achievement or innovation in joinery manufacture. Fantastic careers The second BWF award of the night, for the apprentice/trainee of the year, went to Luke Parry, a 26-year old estimator at Oakwrights Bath. Luke collected the award trophy from John Carter of CITB, which sponsored this year’s award. He said: “Many young people do not realise that fantastic careers can be built in joinery, and in construction generally. There are so many more avenues to pursue than it looks at first glance. Do what you really enjoy and there is always a rewarding career at the end of it.” Peter Love concluded: “I do believe that in the past the joinery industry has focussed on the hands’ on skills and crafts required for manufacture. In order to run a successful modern company, we also need to move with the times and train up office and management staff who can drive the business forward. They can learn professional and management skills at an earlier stage in their careers and I believe this will transform the industry of the future.” “to run a successful modern company we also need to move with the times”


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